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CXXXVIII.
Acts Chap. V. Ver. 1, to 12.

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1. A certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, fold a polesion,

2. And kepe back part of the price, his wife allo being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the Apostles feet.

3. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land ? &c.

5. Ananias hearing these words, fell down and gave up the ghoft, &c.

AND

CXXXIX.
The Apostles imprison'd and released by an

Angeli
ND now the Sect of Sadoc rose enrag‘d,

(The furious Pontiff on their side engagʻd;}
To see the Wonders by th’ Apostles wrought,
To hear our Saviour's Resurrection taught;
By these their darling Principles were croft,
And every Day some new Disciple loft.
Then on the Twelve their impious Hands they

laid, And to the common Prison them convey'd.

High-mounted on her Ebon-Car, the Night Had conquer'd half her Stage, when loe a Light Beyond the Sun's, the lonesom Vault invades, And quickly chases thence the trembling Shades. I'th’midst, behold a heav'nly Watcher shine, Of Strength immortal, and of Form divine : He touch'd the brazen Gates, the Gates gave way, The Pris'ners freed, and thus to them did say, To God's high Temple go with speed, and there Unto the list'ning Crowd the way of Life declare.

CXXXIX. . Acts Chap. V. Ver. 17, 18, 19, 20:

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17. The high priest rose up, and all they that were with him (which is the sext of the Sadduces ) and were filled with indignation,

18. And laid their hands on the Apostles, and put them in the common prison.

19. But the Angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

20. Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people, all the words of this life.

CXL. St. Stephen, the first Martyr for Christ,

stowed. JUST UST Stephen, full of Faith and Pow's, the

Jewos Before their partial Sanhedrim accuse: That Moses and the sacred Law he dard Blaspheme, nor God, nor his High-Temple (pard. Angelic Splendor in his Face they see Mild Goodness mixt with awful Majesty. Undaunted he his Nation's Errors told, God's wondrous Works, and all their Sins of old: Like their Fore-fathers they, a stiff-neck'd Race, But clearer Light abus d, and greater Grace: The Holy, and the Just, foreseen, desir'd Of pious Minds of old from Heav'n inspir'd; By you betray'd, and by your faithless Train, Of wicked Hands was crucify'd and flain. They hear, they gnalh their Teeth, they rave,

they cry, With Dust, and Shouts, and Curses fill the Sky; They drag him thro' the Gates without the Walls, And stone him; on the Lord of Life he calls, Prays for his Murderers, his Faith expreft, Then down he calmly lay, and slept in endless Rest.

CX L. Acts Chap. VI. Ver. 8, to the End

of Chap. VII.

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8. And Stephen full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people, &c.

57. They cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon

him with one accord, 58. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clotbes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul,

59. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and Saying, Lord Jesus, receive my Spirit.

60. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this fin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

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